Flashback Friday: Georgetown's First Win in Women's Soccer History

July 14, 2017

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WASHINGTON - The 2017-18 academic year marks the 25th Anniversary of women's soccer at Georgetown University. As part of a planned celebration for the 25th Anniversary during the coming season, Head Coach Dave Nolan will share his top-10 moments in the history of the program over the next 10 weeks.

Kicking off Nolan's Top 10 is the first game in the history of the program, a 2-0 win over Western Maryland on Sept. 14, 1993. Excerpts of this recap come from the game recap in The Hoya .

Heading into the first game in program history, then-Head Coach Leonel Popel knew that his young and inexperienced team would have to take advantage of any chances it got.

"We have six freshmen, so it's a very young team", Popel said to The Hoya after the 2-0 win. "We are exhibiting promising potential and I feel that wonderful things will happen to the program."

Neither team generated anything offensively in the opening minutes of the game and the Georgetown defense was very strong, allowing only two shots on senior goalkeeper Janine Gibson. The first goal in program history came in the waning moments of the first half -- "Junior striker Jennifer Rae Sullivan put the Hoyas' on board with a goal at the 43:40 mark. Sullivan deflected a bouncing ball into the goal which Popel himself described as lucky." ( The Hoya )

"Sullivan was very persistent," Popel said to The Hoya . "She put her leg in while the goalkeeper was coming and the ball was bouncing."

The Hoyas dominated the second half, with Western Maryland having few chances as Georgetown's forwards and midfielders controlled play.

The insurance goal -- and the second goal in program history -- came at the 70:29 mark from then-freshman Erin Donovan. Following a throw-in, the Hoyas connected on passes through the Western Maryland defense and Donovan picked up the ball at top of the circle and "lifted an arching shot into the top of the net." ( The Hoya )

"It was a beauty," Popel said regarding the goal. "It was a give-and-go, then a deep pass. Molly McCarthy crossed the ball and from the 18 and Erin shot the ball. I enjoyed it."

After the game, Popel was quick to praise some of his players on the defensive end as well, including senior Maureen Cashman and sophomore Molly Walsh. "Defense is more than aptitude, its attitude," Popel said to The Hoya . "They cared for each other and they played close to each other. We had a lot of concentration and it was hard for the other team to go through us."

The coach did note that the team did need to improve on offense, something that is a strength for current Georgetown teams. "It's always easier to destroy than create, "Popel said to The Hoya . "In time things will come as we get to know each other and as we get to play with each other. I think attack will come."



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